A Unique Barn Find!!!!! Hand Forged 18th Century Strap Hinges!
During a barn clean out, I looked up at the loft from below and saw the curled piece of iron in the photo to the right of the pipe.
I was pretty sure of what I was looking at so I climbed up into the loft. Mingled in with the lumber was the other end of the curled iron that was visible from below.
I pulled out 4 early 42" long strap hinges!
They were beauties and all hand hammered with exquisite hammered flame finials.
I took them home and immediately cleaned them up revealing their true character.
In this photo you can see the fold where the blacksmith forged welded with his hammer as he folded the strap over to create the pintel hole creating a fusion of the two sections.
Here is another shot of the pintel hole.
These hinges were such an art-form that I took a bunch of pictures. Here are a few: